It’s not a bourbon / whiskey I’d kick out of bed, but the GR Sharpe Old Style Whiskey isn’t anything super special either. It’s fairly standard for everything else I’ve had from that era and outside of the awesome factor of drinking something 100 years old there’s nothing exceptional about it. Saying that makes me sound jaded to the experience, but that’s definitely not the case.
The Old Hermitage Medicinal Pint wasn’t bad, it wasn’t good, but it was incredibly interesting. I’ve had a lot of perfumy whiskies over the years, but this was the first one I could really call “cologne-like”. Like a lot of older whiskey there was a deep butterscotch essence to it and a bit of an herbal bite to both the aroma and the flavor which is something that most current whiskies don’t have. A fun taste of whiskey from a dead distillery.
Miserable. This 1933 Old Fitzgerald Medicinal Pint is absolutely miserable. It’s seriously among some of the worst bourbon I’ve ever had, but when beggars can’t be choosers this is what they would drink. I don’t know if this is what all Old Fitz Med Pints tasted like back then, but there are some reasons why this whiskey is so bad.
For a young whiskey Driftless Glen Young Rye remarkably tasty and alluring. The fruitiness of the aroma, palate and finish are what you’d expect from a young high-rye whiskey, but the darker sweeter flavors and aromas are rather remarkable for something this young. I would have pegged this as being closer to two years with how much of that is coming through and there’s very little of that “craft sawdust” note I usually get in young small barrel whiskies.
Awful, just awful. The Special Old Reserve Medicinal Pint smells and drinks like sandalwood perfume. Maybe it tasted and smelled different back then; maybe it didn’t. Maybe this is a bad bottle; maybe it’s not. All I know is that if this was all I had access to during prohibition I would have given up drinking and the only reason it didn’t get an F is because of how much I do like the smell of Sandalwood… just not at this level in my whiskey.
K&L picked out one hell of a Buffalo Trace Single Barrel. It’s smooth, rich and aggressive in all the right ways. The heavy oak that runs through the nose, palate and finish give the bourbon an overall nice essence that keeps me coming back for more.